UN human rights expert warns of violations ahead of Burundian polls

As the people of the small African nation of Burundi get set to cast their votes in Monday's presidential election, an independent United Nations expert today warned of potential violence and human rights violations, citing a number of recent worrisome developments.

Security Council urges all parties in Burundi to participate in elections

The Security Council has urged Burundi’s political parties to participate fully in the country’s legislative elections next month, and work to ensure the proper conduct of the presidential poll scheduled for Monday, amid reports that the opposition is boycotting the presidential contest.

Ban lauds Burundians for gains in consolidating peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Burundi for their achievements in consolidating peace as the tiny African nation rebuilds from decades of ethnic strife.